Homework helpers assist Mayo students.
Byline: Sandy Meindersma
HOLDEN - For third-, fourth- and fifth-graders at Mayo School, Wednesday was the best night to have homework, because that's when high school volunteers came to help with the school's Homework Club.
The Homework Club, which just finished its second year, invited students from Wachusett Regional High School's Volunteer Club to come to Mayo one day a week to tutor students and help them with their homework.
As many as 30 elementary school students and a half-dozen high school students broke into groups and got to work.
Assistant Principal Patricia Hurley said the students must sign up in advance each week. "We want them to really think about what they're going to do."
Mrs. Hurley also said she has encouraged the mentors to help students study for tests and to do other work that is best done with a partner. "We also ask the teachers for other things they can do if they finish their homework early."
Homework Club received rave reviews from the fifth-graders.
"The people who help you are exceedingly helpful," Talar Kevorkian said. "I don't have to go back and correct things."
Kristina Berge loved the high school mentors. "If you don't understand something, they'll clarify it for you, and you get your homework done fast with their help."
Twins Mitchell and Matthew Cobb agreed that Homework Club was fun.
"The high schoolers were always helpful," Matthew said.
"They help you study if you have a test," Mitchell said.
At the high school, senior Brenna Goodsitt coordinated the tutors and volunteered.
"It was relaxing and rewarding to help them with their homework, which is so much easier than ours. I can do this," Miss Goodsitt said.
Amy Riley, vice president of the Volunteer Club, said she really enjoyed interacting with the students. "They looked up to us as role models," she said.
"It was really great to get to know the kids," Michelle Marinone, president of the Volunteer Club, said.
Although Homework Club is on hiatus because of MCAS testing and extended days, it will be back next fall.
"I love the way the high school students took the initiative," Mrs. Hurley said. "They're what carried the whole group."
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CUTLINE: (1) Amy Riley, Tom Hebert and Meighan Keller enjoyed their time together. (2) Hannah Kane, Kristina Berge, Molly Walsh and Maiuly Roman concentrate on finding some answers.